travel42 Port Guide: Ravenna

travel42 Professional Cruise Port of Call Review

Ravenna, Italy, is not to be missed. This city on the Adriatic—115 mi/186 km south of Venice and equidistant from Venice and Florence—is known for the wonderful mosaic decorations of its churches and tombs, relics from its Byzantine past.

In particular, the fifth-century mosaics at the peaceful and lovely Tomb of Galla Placidia (daughter of Emperor Theodosius I) are Italy's most beautiful. Perhaps the most treasured are the ethereal blue and gold mosaics that fill the vaulted ceiling, said to...

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